Wolves fans must have given a collective sigh of dejection when Robbie Keane, the legendary striker who began his winding career at Molineux, played down suggestions on talkSPORT that he could make a dramatic return to where it all began this month.
“I’ve had a lot of people asking me about coming back to Leeds and Wolves, and they’re great clubs I’ve played for, but you can’t go somewhere if people actually don’t offer you anything,” the 36-year-old, fresh from leaving LA Galaxy, told talkSPORT.
“I definitely haven’t heard from Leeds or Wolves.”
However, you get the sense that the men from Molineux are missing a trick. Yes Keane may be just four years away from forty and, having spent the last five seasons in the MLS, a return to the blood and thunder of the Championship is far from a guaranteed, goal-laden success.
Furthermore, Paul Lambert appears to be constructing a competitive Wolves side based on homegrown youth so a player who last pulled on the famous gold 18 years ago does not exactly fit the bill.
On the flip side, a player with Keane’s experience, not to mention 68 international goals, could make a huge impact off the pitch as much as on it.
You only have to witness Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s impact at Manchester United, and the way he has taken young players under his wing, as proof that age is not always a hindrance.
And, from a purely statistical point of view, Keane could be the proven, prolific goalscorer Wolves need. He may have lost a yard or three of pace but his instincts remain as sharp as ever.
The strikers at Lambert’s disposal have contributed just nine goals in 81 combined appearances.
Keane may be a gamble but Wolves will achieve little playing it safe.
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